31 DAYS OF POETRY- DAY 26- ELẹ́WÀ- by Femi Owolabi


Elẹ́
She who hawks beans
Elẹ́
She who has beauty
Elẹ́wà, I have tasted your beans
Elẹ́wà, shall I taste out of your beauty?

The cloud unties its black wrappers
the summery ball leaps out hastily, perching on my window
far and near, the cacophonous chants of hawkers
buy this, buy that, buy beans and dodo

Incorporeal, the hawkers’ cries
spare Elẹ́’s voice, echoing mellifluously
of an angel crooning from the skies
sinking into my ears, tasting deliciously

And, I beckon her, beholding her face
she whose neck is ringed with a pile of flesh, waist laced with beads
her breasts, of two water melons dangling in space
swaying curves that hold the buxomness, size of the curvy pot of beans
 
Will you buy my beans and dodo today?
her alluring smiles strum the strings of the heart
oh, I will buy anything from you, everyday
eyes, rovering; of a cat hunting for rats.

Elẹ́
She who hawks beans
Elẹ́
She who has beauty
Elẹ́wà, I have tasted your beans
Elẹ́wà, shall I taste out of your beauty?

(* Elẹ́wà is a homophonic Yoruba word for someone who has beauty and also for someone who hawks beans.)







Femi is a cultural journalist and a storyteller. His creative essays and short stories have appeared in local and international publications. He published his debut novel, Echoes in the Web in 2012. He currently runs a column with the online newspaper, www.thescoopng.com




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